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Monday, 25 May 2020

Sleeping while Pregnant

If anyone had told me that one of the most difficult things about being pregnant would be "sleeping". I would laugh out loud and down a glass of wine, in that exact order of-course. In my first trimester I had no nausea or morning sickness and that was an absolute blessing for me. But as soon as I started moving towards the second trimester being able to sleep comfortably started to become a problem for me and I'm sure for many other expecting moms too.

I started being inundated with advice and tips from friends and family about the popular “SOS” position (sleep on side). Now this was tough for me, as I really enjoy sleeping on either my back or my stomach neither of the two options is recommended. Experts recommend pregnant women avoid sleeping on their backs during the second and third trimesters. Why? The back sleep position rests the entire weight of the growing uterus and baby on your back, your intestines and your vena cava, the main vein that carries blood back to the heart from your lower body. This pressure can aggravate backaches and hemorrhoids and make digestion less efficient, interfere with circulation, and possibly cause hypotension (low blood pressure), which can make you dizzy. Less-than-optimal circulation can also reduce blood flow to the fetus, giving your baby less oxygen and nutrients. But don't worry if you wake up and find that you've rolled onto your back overnight, just roll back on your side. Its best to just avoid sleeping on your back position during pregnancy for prolonged periods of time. The best side to sleep on your left side which will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between your legs if you need that added support. But if this is not your usual way of sleeping it can be quiet a struggle and it will for sure be uncomfortable when you're in need of that much needed shut eye.
During such a crucial and important time having the correct mattress for your body will definitely help a lot too. When shopping for the perfect mattress you will find yourself bombarded with various options, you might even be tempted to go for the cheapest available but my best advice would be don't. Buying a mattress is a long term investment and doing a bit of research before you commit is possibly the best thing to do. 


3 things to consider before purchasing a Mattress

Support:
It is of utmost importance that the mattress you decide to buy provides your body with optimal support. It would need to provide support to your spine which will prevent future health issues that may occur as a result of poor support such as body aches & poor posture. You need to decide if you prefer Memory Foam or a Spring mattress support.

Firmness:
Memory foam mattress will contour to the shape of your body and move the weight accordingly by providing support where it is needed. The firmness of  the Spring mattress however will change over time due to wear and tear. It might lose firmness as time passes. 

Cost: 
Spring mattresses are usually cheaper than memory foam mattresses. Memory foam tend to be more expensive since it's more durable and seen as a long term investment.

With that being said if you are looking for a great mattress I can definitely recommend a Sealy. Every Sealy mattress is the pinnacle of years of ingenuity and research. While expecting and needing to prioritize getting a good nights rest before the baby arrives I cannot stress enough the importance of a good quality mattress.

Sealy continued their quest for the world to sleep better by introducing:

  • Sealy Posturepedic mattress
  • Being the first mattress company to display and advertise a king-sized bed
  • Creating an Orthopaedic Advisory Board
  • Reinventing the innerspring coil and the box spring
  • Patenting a variety of groundbreaking technologies, including Posture Channels and Pressure Relief Inlays designed to relieve pressure points that cause tossing and turning.

And the achievements in sleep technology continue to this day.  Sealy is No.1 consumer choice and are unwavering in our vision to help you sleep better.

Did you know? 

South Africa produced its first mattress at its factory in Johannesburg in 1967.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Life Update - 25 Weeks Pregnant!

It's been the longest time since I've actually sat down and typed out a blog post. But with that being said there is just something special about actually collating your thoughts and putting it down in one space. Since most us is currently still in lock down due to the horrid Covid 19 virus this has become the perfect time for introspection and reflection. Whether it be spiritually, emotionally or even physically. With that being said I thought I'd do a life update post since so much has changed in about a year. So get your coffee ready and lets chat!
I'm Expecting!
If you follow me on social media you would have known this already! I wish I had actually documented the early stages of my pregnancy with a blog post, since I would have loved to look back years from now and read it or slightly cringe at it but never the less, we ain't crying over spilled milk here since I wrote it all down in a special pregnancy notebook, but you know what they say if its not on the web-sphere did it even happen?! 
I am currently 25 weeks along and wow this has really been one of the most exciting journeys I have ever embarked on. I have never seen myself as being mom. But guys pregnancy and growing a human does things to you. I am beyond excited for the next phase. This pregnancy has seriously been the most blissful experience. Thus far I have had no nausea or morning sickness which for me was an absolute blessing! Baby is moving and kicking all the time and it really is the best feeling. 
Gender Reveal
The gender of this baby has been an absolute roller coaster. At first baby would not show us anything, doc moved my belly around but this baby was not in the mood for it. Doc suggested I drink a cup of coffee in the hope that it would wake up bean but baby was not budging. Our final attempt that day was that I had to climb 6 flights of stairs to see if baby would turn and after all that still beans legs was closed shut. We were so determined to know the gender as my sister was planning the gender reveal, and what would a gender reveal be without a gender. Doc advised I come back 2 days later and see if baby has moved. I returned after 2 days and this time around Doc was sure she could see exactly what it was. We didn't want to know so she placed the gender in an envelope. My mom was with me at the time and she was convinced that during our appointment she had heard the Doc slip by saying "SHE" and was now convinced that the baby was a girl. A friend later that day also advised me that I should perhaps make use of the Chinese Calendar and that it would apparently tell me exactly what the gender would be and when I tried it for myself, its said "girl". 2 weeks later our gender reveal party came along which my sister had organised came and as hubby and I were driving to the venue I told him to act surprised when he sees pink since we already thought we knew what would be in the envelop. He laughed and said he would act "VERY SURPRISED". The moment came around for us to actually reveal the Gender to family & friends and all I have to say is that the below picture perfectly describes our reaction. We had no idea! We were both trilled as we both wanted it to be a BOY! Hubby and I have since decided on a name, but you guys will have to wait just- a little bit longer to find that one out. 
What's been happening now?
With 15 weeks more to go, time is really not stopping and going through this pregnancy with the lurking corona virus has been tough. Hubby has missed 3 doctors appointments already due to the patient only rule that has been implemented at all hospitals & doctors surgeries. I know that these rules has been put in place for health and safety reasons, but its been hard. However the scan pics and video clips of our baby has helped tremendously. I have been fortunate enough to work from home but i'm not gonna lie its been difficult not seeing my family and friends on a regular. I love being at home but damn I think I've exhausted my quota for sure. My current due date is 26 August 2020 so just little over 3 months still to go. 

A friend of mine has mentioned that I must be going crazy with all the baby purchases and she was rather shocked/surprised when I mentioned that I haven't bought anything for baby yet. You would probably say "ARE YOU CRAZY WOMAN" too but I somehow I feel like I still have time.... insert evil laugh here.... Hubby and I have been looking at strollers and car seats online but we end up changing our mind all the time and end up wanting to actually see it before we buy it. Baby's room has been painted but we have no furniture in there yet, so its basically a empty room at the moment. 
When I look at my current social media feed it really looks like its been taken over by pregnancy posts and bump pics and I must say I ain't upset by it at all. Yes I will still be posting about travel, beauty and lifestyle but for now this is a stage in my life that I am wholeheartedly embracing!